Bells to toll Sunday to mark 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, bells rang around the world.

The war was over. The fighting had stopped. The boys were coming home.

Sunday, 100 years after the signing of the Armistice and the end of the World War I. On all U.S. Navy and Marine ships and installations, at the landmarks around the country and from the towers of Chicago's churches, they'll ring at 11 am.m. local time to honor those who sacrificed their lives to achieve that historic moment of peace.

"The bells were silenced during the war," said Tim Noonan, a Beverly resident who worked with the National World War The Centennial Commission to Bring the Bells of Peace to Chicago. "Now this was kind of a jubilation, a celebration of peace."

This Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice signed between the Allies of the World War I and Germany, said Dan Dayton, executive director of the commission. Veterans Day is on November, but the anniversary is Sunday, Nov. 11.

"It marked the beginning of the American century," he said. "It was a war that really did change the world."

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To protect and share the legacy of World War I, 100 years after its end, in part because there are no longer any living veterans of the war. United States was involved in the World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. They're set to have one built by Veterans Day 2021.

Chicago's Pritzker Military Museum and Library $ 5 million to the World War Centennial Commission a few years back. Col. Jennifer Pritzker, the museum and library's founder, said she hoped to stimulate interest in the legacy of World War I.

"We wanted to help World War I become part of the national consciousness because I am very much influenced by the world as we know it today," she said. Modern systems of government, technology, social standards – many of them were introduced to the world during the war and its wake.

Pritzker served in the military for 27 years until her retirement in 2001. Both her grandfathers served in the First World War.

She said, "Most soldiers have an affinity for the people who served before them." "It's a part in defending the nation."

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The Pritzker museum and library collaborated with the commission to restore 100 World War The memorials in 100 cities across the country.

A white granite pillar with a statue of a doughboy at the crossroads of 35th Street and Martin Luther King Drive. It honors an African-American unit of the Illinois National Guard that served in France during the Great War. A Veterans Day parade starting Monday at 10 am. will wrap up at the memorial.

Another was the Chicago Council of the Gold Star Mothers Memorial located near the Noonan house in Beverly. The stone tablet was rediscovered in 2012 when workers were removing invasive plants from the area.

After Noonan gauged interest in fixing the monument. The memorial was rededicated at a ceremony on Thursday, where Gold Star mothers, those who had lost their sons or daughters in the military service, laid roses at the foot of the monument.

The phrase "lest we forget" passed into common usage during World War I, Noonan said.

"And here we are now," he said. "We did forget."

Crumbling monument, he added. To honor and remember.

kgalioto@chicagotribune.com

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